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4 Nov

If you are like a lot of brides I know, you may be having trouble deciding on colors for your wedding.  I mean, essentially it sets the them for the entire event so it is a pretty big deal to most brides.

Luckily, my friends at Wedding Paper Divas have just the tool to help make your decision fun and stress-free!

Wedding color inspiration can come from anywhere – your favorite colors, the season, the venue’s backdrop, or just browsing the web.  For the latter, look no further than this helpful Wedding Colors Finder from Wedding Paper Divas.  They’ve compiled more than 150 custom color schemes with helpful filters based on color and season so you can easily browse and find your best match! Check out these favorites from their Fall Wedding Color Palettes!

WPD - Season

WPD - Orange WPD - Green WPD - Pink

Don’t let your decision on wedding colors stress you out!  Wedding planning should be fun!  Let Wedding Paper Divas help you with all your wedding planning needs – invitations, save the dates, and so much more!  Check out their website and see all they have to offer here.

So, where did you find your color scheme inspiration?

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Wedding Wednesday

21 Jan

Vendors. They can make or break your Big Day.

We had so many wonderful vendors that helped our big day come together perfectly!  I want to give a shout out to my big ones and tell you why they are amazing in case you are looking for vendors in the Houston area.

I am a firm believer in The Big Three – things you can’t cheap out on at a wedding: photography, videography, and music.

Photographer:

Lacy with More Than an Image Photography was our photographer.  Two words – Absolutely UH-mazing.  She is VERY good at her job both in the talent aspect as well as customer service.  Check out her blog here.  Her work is awesome.  Mom and I started following her back when I was in college because we loved her style of shooting so much.  I knew I wanted to book our wedding with her once Joseph and I got engaged so the week after our engagement, she was my first call.

Me, Lacy, and Mom

Me, Lacy, and Mom

You get what you pay for in vendors, especially when it comes to The Big Three I mentioned above.  Lacy went above and beyond everything I expected – and to be honest, my expectations were high seeing as I had followed her on her blog for so long.

With our package we got our engagement shoot, bridal shoot, and wedding day.  We also got a second shooter (needed for the size of our wedding), our wedding album, releases to all of the pictures they took in High Resolution, and a print credit.  With our print credit, we had Lacy design and print our Save the Dates and a canvas with one of my bridal pictures for the entry at our reception.  The remaining balance was added to have more pages to our wedding album.

Save the Dates

Save the Dates

All that would have been worth my money but we truly got a friend out of this deal.  Lacy is one of those people who you meet and you feel like you have known her forever.  She makes you feel like you are the only person that matters in the world when you hang out with her and it is seriously genuine.  That’s not a trait that you find very often in people, especially in the wedding industry.  Usually people want their money and give you the service/products that you pay for then go on with their lives.  I talk to Lacy all the time still and she is just as sweet as before our wedding.   For Christmas she even mailed us an ornament with one of our wedding pictures on one side and “Our first Christmas as husband and wife” on the other side – oh, and the most delicious home-made marshmallows!  Did you know you can home-make marshmallows? I didn’t but they were better than any marshmallow I have ever had AND they were shaped like snowmen!

Christmas ornament from Lacy

Christmas ornament from Lacy

It was such a wonderful surprise and something that we will always cherish!

Videographer:

We used Rob with Don’t Get Married Without Me as our videographer.  This guy is awesome and so much fun!  He has nothing but 5-star reviews online (over 160 of them last time I checked) and is the most awarded videographer in Houston – and for good reason.  Rob was extremely affordable (when you see all that he does) and gives you unlimited video time, meaning he will get there before your ceremony and stay until you leave the reception AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.  No other videographer does that.  They charge by the hour and sound super cheap at first but then you realize they only give you 3 or 4 hours of time then give you a video that is 15 minutes long with music over your entire ceremony.  What’s the point of hiring a videographer if you don’t actually get to hear the vows you commit to your spouse?  Our “love story” video (the overview of everything) was almost an hour long plus another video of just our entire ceremony!  The “love story” covered the time while we were getting ready, our ceremony, our reception, and so much fun in between.  He truly has an art of capturing footage and producing a video that can’t be beat.

I loved everything he did for us so much that I volunteered to help him at the Bridal Extravaganza at the beginning of January!  I think there are too many people who think they don’t need a videographer – either because they will have pictures or they don’t want to spend the extra money.  You want my opinion?…  (too bad you are getting it whether you want it or not because you are reading my blog).  Pictures bring back the memories of your big day but videos bring back the emotions.  I loved looking at all of our pictures and seeing the moments captured in time but the video helped me FEEL all of those emotions from the day of our wedding and there is honestly nothing like it.  EVERYONE needs a videographer!  Don’t question me.  You need one.

Rob

Rob with Don’t Get married Without Me

Want to see our video?  Rob even created us our own website so we can share our video with people!

Rob was another vendor that was super genuine.  He loves what he does and his attitude and work both show it.  For example, two weeks before our wedding, he called me.  He didn’t call to talk about the few hundred bucks I still owed him like most vendors would be calling about.  When I said, “oh I still need to pay you the remaining balance!” he said, “I am not calling about business. I am calling to see how you are doing.”  WHO DOES THAT?  What vendor cares like that?  Another rarity in the wedding world.

DJ:

DJ Dave  Productions was our DJ.  He, like Rob, is rated number one in Houston.  He has several packages but we picked the one that had his wife, Janet, be our wedding coordinator for the day.  SO helpful!  She made sure all of the vendors were set up and ready to go before everything started and that everything was in the proper position – exactly as we had told her.

DJ Dave provided up-lighting around the reception venue, as well as fun lighting for the dance floor and a GOBO light designed just for us.  He projected this on the wall of the venue above the bar all night and it looked great!

GOBO light above the bar

GOBO light above the bar

We had dinner a couple of weeks before the wedding to give DJ Dave and his wife all of our information such as what we wanted to do and when and who our vendors were and how to contact them and how we wanted our reception venue set up as far as tables, dance floor, and what not.

All night at our reception, DJ Dave kept people on the dance floor and it was a lot of fun.  The only hiccup we really had was that he started playing the wrong song for our Father-Daughter Dance but it was an honest mistake.  We planned to dance to “Daddy Dance With Me” by Krystal Keith and he accidentally started playing “Daddy Dance With Me” by Chris Keith.  You see how easily that can be done?  I did too so I don’t hold it against him.  After he corrected it and we danced to the correct song, he came and apologized immediately and felt horrible.  I told him, “After everything that has happened today, it doesn’t even matter.”  (it was a doozie of a morning but I will get to that story in a different post)

Other Vendors:

We had family friends for our catering, cakes, and flowers.  All did a great job and helped make our day beautiful and delicious 🙂

Texans BBQ catered our food and it was delicious as always.  So many of our guests STILL talk about how amazing the food was.

Texans BBQ - brisket, sausage, chicken, baked potato casserole, beans, & rolls

Texans BBQ – brisket, sausage, chicken, baked potato casserole, beans, & rolls

A family friend (who sadly is not doing cakes anymore) did both of these cakes.  I couldn’t believe how perfect they both turned out!  EXACTLY as we pictured in our heads and to top it off, they were SO tasty!

Wedding cake and Duck Groom's cake

Wedding cake and Duck Groom’s cake

Our florist was another family friend who is actually a florist at a grocery store.  So for anyone questioning flowers from a grocery store, I say save some money and go for it because they turned out elegant and beautiful just like I wanted.

Bridesmaids' bouquet, centerpieces, and my bouquet

Bridesmaids’ bouquet, centerpieces, and my bouquet

Jackie with A Taste Above Catering did our fruit and cheese spreads.  Mom found this vendor and I told her to just go for it because the lady was sweet and was a good price compared to others we looked into.  We were not disappointed!  Look at the incredible talent!  The fruit was GORGEOUS!  (of course I didn’t get to see how beautiful it was in person because by the time we arrived at the reception, everyone had torn into it so I suppose it was delicious too! but this is why pictures come in handy because otherwise I would have never seen how beautiful it was)

Fruit and Cheese Spreads

Fruit and Cheese Spreads

Our venue was Belle Rose Maison and it was the perfect size for what we wanted.  It held over 300 people while still having a nice size dance floor.  They provided the linens, plates, and silverware (at an additional price) and they let us supply the alcohol and set up how we wanted.  The place was beautiful when it was all set up (because not decorated, it is nothing to shake a stick at) and I was disappointed and frustrated to say the least about the woman running the joint.  She is very to-the-point and comes off very rude.  A real know-it-all and argumentative throughout the planning process but the reception was beautiful and perfect and that is what matters.  I will put up with crap along the way if you make sure to mind your manners and do what I ask when the Big Day comes.

Belle Rose Maison

Belle Rose Maison

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding and needs advice on vendors (or anything else for that matter), let me know.  My mother and I did a ridiculous amount of research to make sure we were getting the best bang for our buck!  So basically we are Houston wedding gurus.

Wedding Wednesday

29 Oct

Dress Shopping.

My mother came dress shopping with me and we made appointments at three different bridal shops for one Friday that I had off work.  We started off at Weddings by Debbie in Katy because I had several friends and family members that purchased their dresses there and they had nothing but great things to say.  Also, I had been there with a couple of friends when they were dress shopping and knew that I liked this place and that they had a large selection.

We were introduced to Shawntel who was the most precious consultant ever.  She was awesome and so much fun.  She had my mom and I walk around and pick out about four dresses from the racks and took them back for me to try on.  My mom saw another girl in front of the big mirror with a beautiful dress on and told Shawntel to grab that one once she was done with it.

I tried on the four we had and just didn’t love them.  They were zip up backs and I knew I wanted a corset style back because I am curvy and needed it to fit my waist and hips.  They told me that I could order certain dresses with corset backs but without having the sample one there, I couldn’t visualize how it would look with a corset back and just didn’t like the dresses at all.

Then Shawntel brought in the dress my mom saw on the other girl.  After she helped me into it, I was standing in front of the mirror as she laced up the back.  She pulled and tightened a little bit and I said, “oooh I like this one.”  Then she pulled and tightened a little bit more and I said, “ok I REALLY like this one.”  Then she finished pulling and tightening and I said, “I LOVE IT!  This is going to be the one.  Mom is going to cry.”  Then I turn around and Shawntel was all teary!  haha She didn’t even know me and loved it on me that much.  I walked out to show my mom and she gasped and teared up.

Dress

Loved the back!

Loved the back!

Dress Side

That was the last one I tried on at Weddings by Debbie.  I was in love with this dress….but I still had two more appointments that day.  I didn’t care to try on any other dresses but we figured since I had the appointments scheduled already, I might as well go to them to see if there were others out there that I could fall in love with.  Just to be safe, I went ahead and made another appointment with Weddings by Debbie to order the dress the following week.

On our way from Weddings by Debbie to Princess Bridal in Spring, we were exiting the Beltway to get onto 45 when the truck just in front of us on the left side hit a MASSIVE pipe (I’m talking like a piece of an axle or something) and it came flying at us and we screamed and took cover because we just knew it was going to hit our wind shield.  The Lord was watching out for us that day because it hit right at the edge of the wind shield on the driver’s side (mom’s side), ripped her side mirror completely off (and the mirror hit her driver’s side window as it flew off), then slammed into the bed on her side.  Sounds terrifying, right?  IT WAS.  We were shaking and in shock so we got to a place where we could pull over (the nearest gas station since this was right on the exit ramp which exits over the Beltway so we didn’t want to pull over on the shoulder).  We got out of the truck to assess the damage and were shocked.

Mirror ripped off

Mirror ripped off

Driver's side bed above the tire

Driver’s side bed above the tire

It looked so much worse in person than it does in these pictures.  Mom got back in her seat to call Dad to tell him what happened and I was looking at her window because it had some sort of mark on it.  I scratched at it to see if it was just something on the window and all of a sudden the window just shattered!  The broken glass sliced mom’s arm and we were both covered in pieces of glass.

Thank God the window didn’t shatter when we were driving!  This could’ve been such a bad accident!  Out of all the things that could have happened, we were so incredibly lucky.

So then we decide we might as well head to the 2nd store since we were almost there anyway.  We get there and I was less than impressed.  The girl behind the counter was not friendly and basically told me that she hated her job.  I tried on a few dresses but even if I kind of liked them, I couldn’t get out of the funk between the near death experience leaving us covered in shards of glass still and this depressing consultant.  Plus I kept comparing every dress to the one I loved and nothing came close.

We went to my third appointment in the Woodlands and the consultant there was pushy and I felt like she was trying to sell me a used car rather than a wedding dress.  The first one I put on looked absolutely horrible on me and she kept telling me it had to be the one so I was annoyed from the beginning.  I did try on one dress from a designer that was there in the shop that day and it was beautiful.  The bad part was that it was a one of a kind and wouldn’t have been ready until February or March which left practically zero time for alterations and bridal portraits.

It was obvious that to me that I could only fall in love with one dress and I was so excited to go order it the following week!  I am still in love with this dress and SO happy that I found one that was simple, elegant, and perfect for me!

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